The university is closely monitoring the developing situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Any travel in the immediate future will require additional review and approval until further notice. Contact [click-for-email] for details.
Temple University is continually assessing the situation in eastern Europe. Effectively immediately, Temple University will not approve travel to the following destinations.
*Individuals looking to travel to Ukraine for university-affiliated purposes must seek an exception from the Elevated/High Risk Committee. Email [click-for-email] for more information.
Given the proximity to the conflict, the following countries are currently viewed as elevated/high risk. Should an individual wish to travel to one of the countries listed below, the university reserves the right to subject the travel to review by the Elevated/High Risk Committee before travel can take place.
In our judgement, it is still safe to travel to the great majority of European countries, and we continue to plan for future programs in Europe. These are some of the resources we use to keep tabs on the situation.
- Advice provided by the U.S. Department of State, which regularly updates its travel advisories, including information on the availability of U.S. embassy assistance to travelers
- Advice and on-the-ground security updates provided in real time by Temple’s emergency assistance provider, Healix
- Continuous monitoring of open-source media
- Advice provided by trusted on-site partners who develop international programs in partnership with us and who can speak to the realities they are currently facing in their countries
- Continuous benchmarking with other similar universities who are considering these same things
As always, the safety and well-being of Temple travelers is our top priority. Global Health, Safety, and Security will continue to monitor the situation, providing updates to travelers and the Temple community in an ongoing basis.
The current U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory advises to Reconsider Travel to China (PRC) due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws, including in relation to exit bans, and the risk of wrongful detentions.
For TU students pursuing studies in language, cultural studies, or international business, these are of nominal concern.
For select TU leadership and researchers, the risk is very low probability, however the select enforcement against a TU individual is very high impact. Neither U.S. Consulate authorities nor TU’s international assistance providers can intervene on a detained individual’s behalf. To help mitigate the risk, TU travelers should be aware of the legal concerns and suspected triggers for enforcement. They should also travel technology and data light.